Georgia GOP Declared ‘Open Season’ On Black Voting Rights, Rep. Hank Johnson Says

Georgia Democrats say state-level Republicans are furiously introducing strict new voting legislation, much of which critics say is intended to reduce the record Black turnout which elevated President Joe Biden in November.

Representative Hank Johnson of Atlanta is among several House Democrats who are accusing Georgia Republicans of introducing new “voter integrity” bills which aim to end traditional get-out-the-vote campaigns in Black communities. Republicans, who control both chambers of the state General Assembly and the governor’s office, proposed a bill last week which would eliminate early voting on Sundays — a move Black church leaders say is aimed squarely at their recent efforts to boost voter turnout. Driving all-time record turnout in minority communities across the state, more than 4 million Georgia voters cast early or absentee ballots in the 2020 general election.